Anxiety and Depression

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					Depression & Suicide

 “The night is darkest before the dawn”
 How would your life change if the
  person you cared about most was
  suddenly gone forever?
   How would your life be different:
     Now?
     A year?
     10 or more years?
What is depression?
 Depression is
  a state of low
  emotions, and
  avoidance of
Symptoms of depression
   Persistent sadness, anxiety or feelings of emptiness
   Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness or negative
   Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
   Contemplating suicide or suicide attempt
   Problems concentrating, remembering details and
    making decisions
   Fatigue and loss of energy
   Persistent aches, pains or digestive problems that are
    resistant to treatment
   Irritability or restlessness
   Insomnia, waking early, or excessive sleeping
   Overeating, or appetite loss
   Loss of interest in activities that once were pleasurable
    (e.g., hobbies, sports, social activities, etc.)
 Depression Statistics
 About 20 percent of teens will experience
  teen depression before they reach
 Between 10 to 15 percent of teenagers
  have some symptoms of teen depression
  at any one time.
 About 5 percent of teens are suffering
  from major depression at any one time
Is it normal to have depression?
 Lots of people get depression
   20% of people will have a state of depression in
    their teens before they reach adulthood

 If it is so common, why don’t we hear
  about it more or recognize it?
   Many who have depression try to hide the signs
   Even worse, many who have depression don’t
    seek help and fall deeper into depression
 Medications             Psychotherapy
   Antidepressants         Behavioral therapy:
                             change actions
 Exercise                    Stress
   Exercise releases           management
    neurotransmitters           techniques
    in your brain that
                              Exposure
    make you feel
    better                  Group Therapy
Why do people take their lives?
 What could lead a person to kill
   Over 90% of people who take their life are
     suffering from depression or another mental
      ***Why does this statistic make it especially
        important that we can identify the signs and
        symptoms of depression and other mental
 Many times suicide is a cry for help.
 Overwhelmed with emotions, thoughts, anxiety,
  disappointment, confusion.
 Substance Abuse
Risk Factors
 Depression
 Substance abuse
 History of physical/sexual abuse
 Family history of emotional disorders
  or suicides
 Previous suicide attempts
Warning Signs Of Suicide
 Verbal Warning Signs
   Direct Verbal Statements
     “I want to die”
     “I wish I was dead”
   Indirect Verbal Statements
     “I won’t have to put up with this much
     “They’ll be sorry when I’m gone”
   Poems/Diary entries that deal with death
   Direct or indirect suicide threats
Warning Signs of Suicide
   Talking about suicide or death
   Talking about “going away”
   Huge change in personality
   Giving possessions away
   Feelings of hopelessness/guilt
   Isolation
   Lack of motivation/loss of interests
   Self-destructive behaviors
   Drastic change in eating/sleeping patterns
Preventing Suicide
 Recognize symptoms right away
   After that, YOU MUST ACT ON IT. Do something!
    Having the courage to help can save someone’s
 Initiate meaningful conversations with the
 Show support and ask questions
 Persuade individual to seek help
 Talk to someone you trust right away =
  help to work through situations.
 No matter what, seek help (even if the
  person swears you to secrecy).
Who to turn to?
 Your doctor
     Psychiatrist = psychology and medical
      doctor (can prescribe medication)
   Psychologist = doctor of psychology
   Social worker
   Counselor
   Teacher
   Friends/Family

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